The Battle Of Gonzales

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  • In 1831, Mexico gifts the people of Gonzales with a brass cannon to ward off attackers.
  • But the Mexicans wanted it back because of the similarities between the American Revolution and the Texas Revolution.
  • But when the soldiers reached Gonzales, the residents would not give it to them because they thought that it would uphold the constitution of 1824. After the Mexican soldiers left, the residents buried the cannon in a peach orchard.
  • Mexico sent more soldiers to try and obtain the cannon. But the Texans still did not want to give it up. Meanwhile, the residents dug up the cannon and made ammunition from iron scraps to fire at the Mexican army.
  • They decorated the cannon to say, "Come and get it". On October 2, 1835, the blacksmith fired the cannon at the Mexican soldiers.
  • The Mexican army then called for a brief truce but eventually started to fight again. Not wanting to get any more involved in the war, the Mexican troops withdrew to San Antonio.
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